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For nearly five million Scots, next week’s vote is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take charge of their country’s future. What they perhaps don’t appreciate, however, is the impact their decision might have on hundreds of millions of others. History is littered with examples of comparatively small events lighting the fuse on much [...]
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The beheading of British aid worker David Haines by Islamist militants is a reminder of the barbaric nature of the enemy the free world is now facing. It is also a reminder of the fact that we are at war with Isil, and its army of tens of thousands of self-styled jihadists based in Iraq [...]
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From the Sunday Telegraph. I hope government funding plans don’t harm the Combined Cadet Force in schools, as some fear. “Corps” was what you did on Thursday afternoons at my boarding school. Between the ages of 14 and 16 – in my case, as Lance Corporal Brown – it was compulsory, but once you’d taken [...]
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Today is the anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birthday – author of the wonderful Revolting Rhymes. Considering all the hoo-ha going on in Scotland at the moment, I tried to imagine how Roald might cover the event in a poem… David Cameron was a toff of extravagant means, Who spent the family’s silver on some magical [...]
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Here’s one of the most short-termist arguments I have heard for Scottish independence: Scotland should become independent because it voted Labour in 2010 but ended up with a Coalition government dominated by Conservatives. Clearly an argument that says “my side lost an election, so I’m voting to quit”, is nothing more than sour grapes and [...]
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In tune with the always reliably amoral musings of Peter Hain, commentators have been lining up to hail the Reverend Ian Paisley, the man of peace. They do admit that it took him a while to move from the path of negativity to accepting the embrace of Martin McGuinness. But that, we are told, was [...]
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This is a Scottish independence special of our regular series of posts that reports on the state of support for the parties in Westminster as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short-term [...]
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Geoff Boycott – unofficially “Sir Geoffrey” to many of us – is always worth listening to. He has remained at the top as a commentator and pundit for as long as he was at the top as an opening batsman. Few of today’s players will still be scoring Test hundreds when over the age of [...]
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Ian Paisley has died. They say “never speak ill of the dead”, but the temptation is great. He was more than just a divisive figure: he was the roaring, red-faced, hateful embodiment of a virulent form of Protestant unionism that – ironically – threatened the peace of the society he pledged to represent. Writing as [...]
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For very good reasons, Britain’s political parties do not campaign on election day. By that point everyone has had their say, the rallies and the shouting must stop. Between the opening and closing of the polling stations, voters can get on with casting their vote in peace, unimpeded by noisy displays of partisan politicking. The [...]
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